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Lexical Issues in L2 Writing

Editor(s): Katalin Doró, Päivi Pietilä, Renata Pípalová
Contributors: Renata Pipalova, Maarit Mutta, Signe-Anita Lindgren, Magdolna Lehmann, Birgit Henriksen, Britt Erman,

Book Description

Research into lexical issues has been one of the most rapidly growing areas of second language acquisition studies in recent years, and understandably so: the importance of vocabulary can hardly be denied. Words are the key to every instance of communication, both spoken and written. This volume concentrates on vocabulary in written language, mostly in academic settings. The writers of the chapters come from different countries and universities, and, naturally, represent their own academic backgrounds, though they all share a common interest in investigating the characteristics of L2 lexis as it manifests itself in the written production of students at various stages of their language learning careers. The target language (L2) in the studies reported in the volume is English, except in one study on the lexical competence of multilingual learners of French. The subjects’ native languages include Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, and Swedish, thus representing several different language families. Each chapter constitutes an independent unit, but together the studies reported in them give the reader a varied and extensive picture of lexical issues in L2 writing. The authors approach their topics from different perspectives and use diverse research methods, adding to the multifaceted nature of the volume. The book will be of interest to researchers, educators and students of second language acquisition and applied linguistics.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-8022-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-8022-1
Date of Publication: 01/10/2015
Pages / Size: 250 / A5
Price: £47.99


Päivi Pietilä is a Professor of English at the University of Turku, Finland. Her research interests include second language learning and attrition, L2 speaking skills, L2 academic writing, lexical development and the lexis-grammar interface. She is the author of The English of Finnish Americans (1989) and L2 Speech (1999), in addition to numerous research articles published in international journals.

Katalin Doró is Senior Assistant Professor at the University of Szeged, Hungary. Her main research interests include language acquisition, academic writing, language learning strategies and the lexical choices of EFL learners. She is the author of Role of Lexical Knowledge and Its Testing in an L2 Academic Context.

Renata Pípalová is Associate Professor of English Linguistics at Charles University, Prague, and Associate Editor of the PJES journal. Her publications, including Thematic 0rganization of Paragraphs and Higher Text Units (2008), fall mostly into the area of discourse studies. Recently, she has explored academic discourse, non-native English, and manifest intertextuality.